On Friday, February 28th, I visited two plants in Montreal dedicated to making first quality bread products. This is family owned business that only makes bread using specially sourced wheat from farmers in their home province of Quebec. Their wheat is very clean although they do not claim all their products to be organic.
They make their own flour and it is unbleached and untreated. All the bread made in their plant in Dorion is kneaded by hand at least once. In addition they do not add sugar or fat as ingredients in their standard white loaf.
They use baker’s yeast and autolyse their flour first with only water. They then use pretty long proofing times in order to further develop the gluten and build a perfect crumb. (Autolyse is a process by which flour is hydrated in order to quick start the development of the gluten strands).
In this plant they make many types of round loafs; white, whole wheat, sourdough, organic multigrain as well as many specialty breads featuring walnuts, chocolate, raisins etc…They also make croissants, danish, chocolatines to name a few.
In in the Baie d’Urfe plant they make all types of rolls, ciabattas, loafs and baguette. This is a highly mechanized plant which is a continuous process plant operating 24 hours a day doe five days a week. The other two days are dedicated to cleaning and preventive maintenance.
The highlight of this visit had to be a stop in one of their 22 deli-boutiques which they have in the province of Quebec. There one can order their charcuterie and buy their bottled products to bring home or order lunch made and served In house. Wonderful deli meats of the highest quality made especially by them to their exacting standards and their secret recipes. Their bottled products ranged from vinaigrettes, pickles, jams to sauces and their ingredient lists were very pure and noticeably low in carbohydrates.
Friday night happy hour featured toasted baguette, cranberry onion relish and pâté foie gras that melted in your mouth! their products are worth seeking out. Our preferred bread at home, is the Premiere Moisson Michel campagnarde but don’t take my word for it. Try them all! At your local Co-op In Atlantic Canada or at one of Première Moisson’s boutiques in the province of Quebec